The Dan Wheldon Memorial Auction has finally come to a close, raising over $600,000 towards a trust fund established for the late driver’s family after his tragic death at IndyCar’s season-ending race at Las Vegas in November.
The auction was kickstarted by fellow IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who announced hours after the fateful race that he would sell his race gear and helmet from the Las Vegas race and donate all proceeds to Wheldon’s family, his wife Susie and two young children.
Word quickly spread about the gesture, and within days a host of figures from the IndyCar scene as well as across the sporting and entertainment world had donated items to the auction.
It was no surprise that this became too big for Rahal to handle alone, and so it was taken over by Auction Cause – an auction management agency – and eBay, which waived its usual fees as a show of support.
In all, a grand total of $627,203 was raised, with all funds forwarded to the Trust.
“From the very beginning, I have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and the unwavering support of Dan’s friends, his fans and from the racing community,” Wheldon’s wife Susie said in a statement released.
“When Graham reached out to me with the auction total today, I was very touched by everyone’s generosity. I want everyone to know how grateful I am and how much I appreciate everyone’s kindness and their love. It means the world to our family, and I hope one day to personally thank all those who donated and purchased the auction items.”
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